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#1 Crisp

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:09

China Unveils Its First and Unnamed Moon Rover

 

Chinese scientists described the country's first moon rover on Wednesday and invited the global public to come up with a name for it.

Zhao Xiaojin, director of the aerospace department of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, depicted the lunar rover an orbiter adaptable to harsh environments; a highly efficient and integrated robot; and a high altitude "patrolman" carrying the dreams of Asia.

The Chang'e-3 mission to moon, named after a Chinese lunar goddess, will take place in December, when a Chinese spacecraft will soft-land on a celestial body for the first time.

The rover has two wings, stands on six wheels, weighs 140 kg and will be powered by solar energy.

"When it arrives in lunar orbit on board a lander, the rover will choose the best landing site and gently touch down the moon's surface, using optical and microwave sensors to avoid rocks and craters," Zhao said.

The rover will "select the best route, use minimal fuel and make the smallest possible error" during landing and is capable of hovering to steer clear of obstacles, he said.

Domestic and overseas compatriots can submit their proposed names for the rover through the Internet and the official name will be announced in November after an online poll on the selected proposals.

Li Benzheng, deputy chief designer of China's lunar probe program, said the name of the rover should express the wishes of Chinese at home and abroad, feature the modern and national traits to inspire people.

Li noted the rover will recognize obstacles on the moon's surface, and plot a path of least resistance by a combination of onboard navigation systems and remote control from the command center.

 

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A visitor takes photos of a 1: 8 scale model of Chang'e 3 moon rover on September 25, 2013. A public naming campaign was launched for the moon rover on the same day in Beijing which will be lunched by the year end. [Photo: China News Service/ Sun Zifa]

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:15

I think they should call it "The Great Wall-e of China"



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:21

China really is serious about their space program, aren't they?



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:29

Wonder if they went to the Google Lunar X-Prize site, looked at the competitors, and picked one from column A, one from column B etc.?

http://www.googlelunarxprize.org

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:31

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 16:39

China should take a tour of the Sea of Tranquility .... :whistle:



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 17:02

Walleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

 

 

Evaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa



#8 KingCracker

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 17:05

Take pics of the American flag while you're there China :D

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 17:34

its name shall be "Nuper"

 

(Latin for late)

 

or... "Guānyú shíjiān" (It's about time)



#10 arachnoid

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 17:57

Perhaps if the Chinese bring it down near enough to the US landing sites there will finally be irrevocable proof for all the doubters that the Americans actually landed on the moon.

 

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#11 FlintyV

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 19:48

Take pics of the American flag while you're there China :D

 

Those flags will now be completely white. It's not really about the US anywho  :)

 

 

Perhaps if the Chinese bring it down near enough to the US landing sites there will finally be irrevocable proof for all the doubters that the Americans actually landed on the moon.

 

 

That evidence already exists but people choose to disbelieve it. 



#12 fusi0n

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 19:49

so it is a counterfeit of the American moon rover..

 

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#13 arachnoid

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 19:58

That evidence already exists but people choose to disbelieve it. 

 

Yes but those in doubt cannot dispute evidence obtained from the Chinese now can they? :rolleyes:



#14 DocM

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 22:58

China has launched its Jade Rabbit lunar rover (Y)

http://mobile.nytime...er-mission.html

HONG KONG — China’s latest display of ambition in space involves sending a Jade Rabbit roaming across the Bay of Rainbows.

A rocket blasted off from southwest China early Monday, carrying the country’s first robotic lunar rover, the Jade Rabbit, which will explore a plain on the moon that, despite its colorful name, is a dark expanse of hardened lava.

If successful, the Chang’e-3 mission will be China’s first “soft landing” on the moon — which allows a craft to operate after descending — and the first such landing by any country since 1976, when the Soviet Union sent a probe. The last American expedition on the moon’s surface was a manned visit in 1972. Chinese state-run television broadcast footage of the rocket’s untroubled launch and ascent into space, where the Chang’e-3 craft set off toward the moon.
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For the Chang’e-3 mission, the rover — a solar-powered, six-wheeled vehicle similar to ones the United States has sent to Mars — will spend three months exploring, using radar to collect data on rocks up to 328 feet below the surface, Ouyang Ziyuan, a senior consultant to the mission, told China’s state-run Xinhua news agency. A future mission that could take place in several years would be intended to bring back rocks and other samples from the moon.

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Firing thrusters after booster separation. The Trans-Lunar Injection burn was appatently successful.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 00:24

I hope they are successful.